Moving Forward

9 Apr

I almost said “progress” but changed my mind. Negative association with the word. Progress. We’re told that so much about 21st century life is “progress” and I usually wonder, “REALLY?”

Juno is moving forward. Coming out of her terror. Still a long way to go. These pictures almost capture her fear and skittishness. They almost capture the chronic fight or flight mode that’s running her engine. And they do show me that in 6-going-on-7 days, she’s made some major shifts. And so has Hopi, who was not at all happy, initially, to share me and here and toys.

Two days ago. She boxed herself into a corner. Very, very slowly she withstood touch.




And this morning–really rowdy before breakfast. Insistent that I listen and feed. Now. Standing her ground.waiting for breakfast

and later:

two playing

So. There is comfort here for all of us. For Hope because she is beginning to realize that she is not being up-staged. For Juno who is beginning to believe that “maybe” she can BEGIN to trust. For me, because there is a lot about this experience that is less than optimal. Juno is not house trained. She won’t or at least doesn’t go to paper. She cannot go outside yet. Fill in the blanks. But I’m seeing the progress when I review these pics…

and here…FINALLY…and wow, what a trip

moon cloth

And this, I just noticed, is Post 99.

10 Responses to “Moving Forward”

  1. Marti April 9, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    The long trailing threadp descending from the woman’s head, touching the outer edges of the cloth, a tap root from this woman who sits gazing at the moon. Earth mother blessing the roots of what will grow and flourish by the light of the moon, by the heat of the sun, by the movement of the wind, by your hands and the hands of the dirt divas.. I look at this and I see a blessing to the wondrous garden that you and the dirt divas are creating and as your garden will nourish many, I am nourished by this cloth and by your deep caring for Juno.


    • Patricia April 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

      the trailing thread was part of the fringe from a silk scrap i had. Jude uses this frequently and i was remiss not to acknowledge that–
      will figure out how to go back in and amend the post.

      it was symbiotic relationship between above/below–moon/earth that i was finally able to clarify. or at least tried to express. some refinement needed, perhaps–but to know that you feel nourished by the cloth is simply enough. and again, you help me see layers below the surface–and truly, those are the things i’m looking for. love to you


  2. Mo Crow April 9, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Brave Juno & Bravo (((Patricia))) for having such patience and heart to give, your moon cloth is magic!


    • Patricia April 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

      yes, brave Juno! she had a bit of a set-back last night and is still getting back to where she was. i’m amazed at the delicacy and fragile-ness of her psyche. it’s requiring heightened sensitivity on my part.

      and thanks–i’m getting comfortable with the moon cloth and liking where it wants to go–and saying that i realize that there are similarities between tending critters and tending cloth. love to you


  3. karmadondruplhamo April 10, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    these photographs of Juno……… can feel her……

    and the Cloth. a woman sitting, an umbilical cord connecting


    • Patricia April 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

      yes…the umbilical cord…the thread that unites us all to source…a reminder. and Juno…well, i have decided to adopt her. that was not the original plan. i was fostering her until she could be adoptable–which means housebroken and able to walk on a leash. ha. i’m prepared for that to take a while and each day i’m loving her more. so now, here we are. in your last post you mentioned our karmic connection. i”ve been looking at that and am understanding the lesson that Juno is offering. and grateful to boot. xoxoxxo


      • karmadondruplhamo April 13, 2014 at 11:56 am #

        was told about some kind of Pad things you can buy that for whatever reason, dogs enjoy peeing on. Maybe one of those?, near the door so when she goes to it (after awhile) you can take
        her out? she may or may not choose to get the drift. in my experience, small dogs just don’t have that sense of necessity to
        comply. they have their own thoughts about things and sometimes
        it can’t be changed. so, in any event, maybe the pad things..????
        Love to Juno and also Hope who shares


        • Patricia April 14, 2014 at 8:18 am #

          i thought about those pads but understand they’re pretty $$. anyway, a few days ago i decided to let her outside. she did freak for awhile but hasn’t gone iin the house since!


  4. beth April 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    Hoping these two little dogs can help each other adapt. You are so big hearted, Patricia. And it has been interesting watching this cloth find its voice.


    • Patricia April 14, 2014 at 8:21 am #

      they ARE–helping each other–and helping me to help them if that makes any sense. there’s a tremendous amount of joy here, stop watching the small incremental stages of healing. and the cloth–yes–has found its voice. but between dogs and garden, i’m slow to get back to it! so glad you stopped by.


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